| Photo Diary | Night of Sakura

By night Sakura trees look like strange clouds. 

The light-up of the trees tends to make the  blossoms take on a different tone and emotion under the contrast of the depth of night and the unapologetic glare of artificial light. Like strange lingering clouds, the clusters of sakura  look pale and blanched yet somehow still beautiful.

The customary lighting up of sakura trees is something so quintessentially Japanese and it probably springs from the innate desire instilled in Japanese hearts to just enjoy Sakura while it lasts. I am glad that I got a taste of this one night at Eboshiyama koen.

Hiro says that while he wishes that more thought went into the lighting of Japan's national flower, he can appreciate the need to maximise this precious time by using artificial light to extend the sakura viewing period. Also, the up-lit trees reveal a perspective that sunlight can never achieve and creating a very different experience from during the day.

For me it is a marvellous vision of shadow-play, efflorescence and the sounds of the creatures of the night. 


  1. Amazing amazing, it gives them a mysterious element through the night, like their scent, which I find pretty yet mysterious, now they look mysterious in the night, wonderful xx

  2. Gorgeous photos! Like the night time one, you have a very nice blog, would you like to follow each other
    a beautiful maison

  3. it's beautiful! almost expect a folk tale character to come out! :) i love folk tales and characters and leaning about them too!

  4. Ahhhh now I miss Japan even more...

  5. Very very pretty photos! I hope to be able to see the Sakura next time I visit Japan. Have a lovely weekend!
    May x

  6. Absolutely beautiful! Night Light Up was the one thing that I didn't get to experience viewing in Japan. One spectacular place for night light up is at Tsuruga-jo and unfortunately, blooming was about a week to a week and a half later than usual so we were there too early. I'm so glad that you got to experience night light up viewing. Thank you for sharing!


  7. That first photo. The sakura and the bokeh effect of the lights behind them. There are no words. It's rare that I run out of them, which means something ;)

  8. These photos are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.


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